Thomas B. Scheuer studied at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, starting at age 7. By age 11, he already drew gag cartoons for a Baking Industry trade journal. He moved to New York to attend the Art Students League at age 20. From 1950, he freelanced on several romance comic books, mainly on Marvel's 'My Own Romance', 'Love Romances' and 'My Love Story'. For Boy's Life magazine, he did an advertising strip called 'Chip Martin, College Reporter'.
He ghosted on such newspaper strips as 'Flash Gordon', 'On Stage', 'Juliet Jones' and 'Li'l Abner', and worked extensively in the advertising field. He eventually moved over to television writing and production. He was producer and writer for the 1990s 'Murder She Wrote' TV series, and is also a mystery novelist. He changed his name to Tom Sawyer.